• Digital Director's Rough guide to making a scripted video.

    The one with overall responsibility for the production. The organizer, fixer and final decision maker, the buck stops here. The producer arranges the finance, the crew and the cast. An ability to persuade, cadgole, beg, borrow and delegate without putting others' backs up is essential. This is the person who's name appears on the award certificate and everyone who wasn’t involved in the production wonders why.

    The director is there to transform the written word into moving images and how her or she does it is very much up to the individual. Some directors insist on being involved in everything right down to the choice of clothing, others are prepared to rely on their crew and concentrate on the actors. A good director must be capable of communicating clearly and reaching a decision quickly on set. During shooting the director's word is final and the rest of the team must be prepared to accept this without question

    The Director of Photography or D.o.P. is responsible for the "look" of the recorded images. He or she will decide what lights are used and how they're set. The D.o.P. is responsible for the choice of camera and lens angle, filters, movements and camera effects. The actual operating of the camera is usually by an operator, leaving the D.o.P. to concentrate on the whole, rather than getting bogged down in specifics. A monitor is a useful attachment especially if the D.o.P. and operator haven't previously worked together as it enables to D.o.P. to keep an eye on what's actually being taped.

    In most amateur productions this role is left out and the rest of the team suffer as a result. The P.M. is there to ensure that everything runs smoothly. They inform the cast and crew when they're required and where, ensure that everyone has transport to the location, that electricity and toilet facilities are available, carries spare copies of the script, smoothes the paths, placates worried householders and keeps bystanders quiet. Good communication skills are essential and the ability to walk on water optional. It is the job which is taken for granted when done properly and causes the most delays and annoyance when done wrong.

    The hardest job on a video shoot, Continuity is not only responsible for making sure that shots filmed days or weeks apart fit together but often for keeping an eye on successive takes! She (it will usually be a “she” since most males go mad after one day attempting to keep track on what’s going on.) will have to have an eye for detail, a constantly poised pen and the latest version of the script. After the first day’s shooting the camera team, wardrobe, make up and the director will expect her to know everything which happened.

    When everything’s been filmed the editor will have to cut it into little bits and stick it together in an order which makes sense. Quite often the editor will be the owner of the edit system and the only person who knows how to use it. Apart of course from next door’s five year old. In theory the director has the final say on the editing but if the editor wasn’t present during filming he (although in the professional field there are an awful lot of women editors amongst the greats) can often have a fresh approach. A good editor will have a sense of timing, rhythm and infinite patience.
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    1. abu's Avatar
      abu -
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      srinivas rao -
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